I saw a lot of these in South America, but less so in Mexico. It’s a Renault 12, an interesting-looking little family sedan that was also sold as a Dacia. I like these things a lot. Oh! Note the three-lug wheels! That’s so French I could fromage my pants. … [Read more...] about The (Mostly) Non-Beetle Cars of the Streets of Puebla, the VW Beetle’s Final Home
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You may also want to look into the Chevy Cruze diesel. This is a car a lot of people forgot about. Chevy made not one but two generations of Cruze diesel models and both were available with a manual transmission. That being said, it is likely a lot easier to find an oil-burning VW with three pedals on the floor. … [Read more...] about Should I Buy A Car Before Or After I Retire?
A MKIII Volkswagen Jetta apparently wasn’t The Fast and The Furious Technical Director Craig Lieberman’s first choice for what would be known as Jesse’s car–it was originally going to be an E36 BMW M3. But the Jetta’s origin story and post-Hollywood life is also pretty interesting. … [Read more...] about There’s More to the
And, once the car does turn on, there’s more surprises. For a Beetle, it’s shockingly quiet. I’m not sure why, but I think it may be a combination of hydraulic valves (no adjusting!) and that bumpy-textured coating in the engine compartment that must have good sound-deadening properties. … [Read more...] about I Finally Got to See Volkswagen of Mexico’s Secret Car Collection
One of the least often heard, but most compelling rumors of the past year has been Toyota's development of an eight-speed transmission for its Lexus models. It seems insane. One minute we're in high school, trying to un-jam (with a sledgehammer) the three-speed manual linkage on our ex-fleet 1973 Buick Century, the next we're cruising along in a Maserati, six-speed robotic manual churning away like a coal shoveler on the steamboat Robert E. Lee. Next, we'll be cruising the interstate in some V8-powered Lexus, in some ungodly gear 8, watching our gas-gauge needle stay put, mile on mile. Is it good thing? … [Read more...] about Carmakers Push Toward Eight-Speed Transmissions